Mel Gibson's no-smoking torture
Published 26/01/2010 | 13:44
Mel Gibson has revealed that quitting smoking has been his biggest challenge.
The Signs star, who first started smoking at the age of nine, told Parade.com: "I've quit smoking again, it was torture.
"The first three days I was like an axe murderer, day four, I'd be ready to come at you with a baseball bat, day five, I was dangerous with a lawnmower - it is a hellish habit to break."
He went on: "My mother smoked, I think, when I was in her womb. I first had a cigarette when I was nine years old. Looking back on the year since, every decision I've ever made was done with a cigarette in my mouth. So I did crawl the walls for a while."
Mel will be returning to the big screen after a seven year hiatus in nail-biting thriller Edge Of Darkness, which also stars Ray Winstone.
"I just got the itch. I walked away after Signs because I just felt I was a bit stale and acting wasn't ringing my bells, so I focused on directing, writing and producing," he said.
"I got the bug again because I felt like, all of a sudden, after all these years, I might have something to offer. You can't worry about stuff like critics or the box office. You've just got to do your best and move on. Every time you put yourself out there, you wonder if you can do it."
:: Edge Of Darkness is released on January 29.